Istanbul: two Turkish soldiers were killed after a helicopter crash on the border with Syria
ANKARA, February 10. /TASS./ At least two soldiers of the Turkish armed forces were killed on Saturday after a helicopter crash on the border with Syria in the course of “operation Olive branch” in the district of Afrin. As reported by the newspaper Sabah, Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, Mugla province.
“One of the two was carrying out a combat mission attack helicopters crashed. Two of our soldiers were killed. At the moment the causes of the crash of a combat vehicle not known”, — he said.
Earlier, the President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan during a speech in Istanbul reported that Turkish province of Hatay fell helicopter of the air force of the Republic while performing the operation “Olive branch”.
The General staff of the Turkish armed forces announced on 20 January on the beginning of “operation Olive branch” against the troops “the forces of national self-defense” (SNA, are part of the armed coalition “Forces of democratic Syria”) and the party “Democratic Union” (DS) in Afrin, home to some 1.5 million Kurds and refugees from other areas of Syria. These organizations Ankara considers a terrorist.